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Monday, March 31, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Valero Texas Open

Winner: Steven Bowditch

Around the wider world of golf: Anna Nordqvist got her second win of the season at the LPGA's Kia Classic; the first Eurasian Cup was declared a tie between the Euro and Asian teams; Michio Matsumara won the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Kris Blanks won the Web.com Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open; Armando Favela won the Stella Artois Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Ayaka Watanabe won the JLPGA's AXA Ladies. (The Constructivist has details.)

Steven Bowditch takes a bow

When a final round of 4-over is good enough to win a tournament, you know it's been a trying day on the golf course.

No, let's be blunt about it. TPC San Antonio made the PGA Tour crowd look like a bunch of weekend players Sunday. The course is tough enough on its own but, once you added all the wind -- and a different wind from normal at that -- I don't know that anybody was going to look particularly good. Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays shot 70 and 71 respectively... and vaulted up the leaderboard to grab T2.

Most folks thought Matt Kuchar had the best shot at winning because he had the most experience of those on the leaderboard. Instead, he shot 3-over for a T4.

And Bowditch? Well, I believe they said he made only 2 putts over 5 feet all week. It was a week for short game wizardry, and Steven Bowditch had his Harry Potter going on. He knocked chips and pitches stone dead all week, and in the end it paid off with his first PGA Tour victory and his first trip to Augusta.

If I understand things correctly, there have been only 3 international winners so far this season... and all are Australian. Jason Day, John Senden, and now Steven Bowditch are carrying the banner for the world right now -- and, as fate would have it, they now have the only 3 international Limerick Summaries this season. I hope you enjoy yours, Steven!
When the wind put the field in a fix,
Making par required all of their tricks.
But one man made it through…
Bowditch took ‘em to school
And he STILL shot a 76!
The photo came from the tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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